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Where will the water go? Lake Superior, has dropped to its lowest level in 81 years, is 20 inches below average and a foot lower than just a year ago. The dropping levels have had serious environmental and economic consequences. Wetlands have dried up. Power plants run at half capacity. Cargo ships carry partial loads. Boaters struggle to find a place to dock. The changes can be seen all along the 2,800-mile shore of Lake Superior. The water has receded, sometimes 50 feet or more, from its normal shoreline. Superior isn’t the only prominent North American lake or reservoir at a severely low level. Lake Mead near Las Vegas and Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona border are about half full. Florida’s Lake Okeechobee recently set a record low. Researchers at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere study whether Lake Superior’s low water levels are a result of global warming. The average water temperature of Lake Superior has risen 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit since 1979. “It’s been a long time since we’ve been this low, but it has happened,� says Tim Calappi, a hydraulic engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, which tracks water levels. “We still think this is within the range of what’s normal, but we have to wait and see.� A drought and warm weather are the immediate cause of the drop in water levels. In the past year, precipitation was 6 inches less than the average of 31 inches. Many people living near Lake Superior don’t buy drought or warm weather as the reasons for dropping water levels — a conspiracy theory is more popular. They say Lake Superior was drained through the St. Mary’s River to raise the levels of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. “It’s like the tide went out and didn’t come back,� says Dan Alexander, a commercial fisherman in Baraga. “We know what it is. They drained the lake.� The water is so low he had to find a new place to dock his 38-foot boat. Scott Brossart, an engineer for the Army Corps in Duluth, says it’s a myth that the Army Corps drains Lake Superior to help other lakes with presumably more powerful benefactors. He says the amount of water that flows out of Lake Superior is established by an international agreement with Canada. The water flow is regulated by how much water is permitted to pass through hydroelectric plants on the St. Mary’s River, which connects Lake Superior and Lake Huron and, indirectly, Lake Michigan. Away from shore, Lake Superior is doing fine. A 19-inch drop doesn’t make a big difference in a lake that is 1,330 feet at its deepest. The fishing has never been better. Fishermen are catching huge amounts of trout and whitefish. For now, they’re waiting, like everyone else, for the water to rise.

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■On Oct. 1, 1920, Scientific American magazine reports that the rapidly developing medium of radio soon would be used to broadcast music: “Experimental concerts are at present being conducted every Friday evening from 8:30 to 11:00 by the Radio Laboratory of the Bureau of Standards.� ■ On Oct. 4, 1944, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower distributes to his combat units a report by the U.S. Surgeon General that reveals the hazards of prolonged exposure to combat. Based on this evaluation, American commanders judged that the average soldier could last about 200 days in combat before suffering serious psychiatric damage. ■ On Oct. 2, 1968, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson strikes out 17 Detroit Tigers in the first game of the World Series, breaking Sandy Koufax’s record for the most strikeouts in a Series game. ■ On Oct. 7, 1975, a New York State Supreme Court judge reverses a deportation order for John Lennon, allowing him to remain legally in the U.S. The judge wrote that “The courts will not condone selective deportation based upon secret political grounds.� An

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• It’s likely that nearly every child in America has at some time received a ball-shaped lollipop from the bank teller. These little pops, known as Dum Dums, have been around since 1924 when they were introduced by the Akron Candy Company. Sales manager I.C. Bahr named the pop, figuring Dum Dum was a word any child could say. Seven original flavors were introduced, with many added and deleted over the years, including the famous Mystery Flavor. The Mystery Flavor changes regularly since it is a blend of the tail end of one batch and the beginning of the next, whatever they may be. • Remember Chuckles? These sugar-coated jelly candies have been around since 1921, when a Chicago marshmallow manufacturer introduced them. The five-flavored strip of candies was widely advertised with the slogan “5 flavors – 5 cents.â€? • Chick-O-Sticks and Chicken Bones were pretty much the same thing. Introduced in 1938 as Chicken Bones, this was a honeycombed candy filled with peanut butter and rolled in toasted coconut. In 1955, it was discovered that another company already owned the name, and the change was made to Chick-O-Sticks. • There’s nothing like pouring straight sugar down your throat, which is what we did with Pixy Stix, a powdered sugar packaged in a drinking straw. It started out as a drink mix in the late 1940s called Frutol, but since kids seemed to prefer the straight powder, Pixy Stix made their debut in 1952. • The chocolate-covered, crunchy peanut butter bar 5th Avenue was the 1938 brainstorm of William Luden, who is more famous as the creator of Luden’s cough drops. • Back in the 1950s when James Dean and Marlon Brando looked cool with their cigarettes rolled up in their T-shirt sleeves, candy cigarettes were all the rage with kids. It seems that candy makers actually worked with the tobacco companies to help attract young smokers! Although the original candy cigs with their “litâ€? red tip are long gone, they are now reproduced but, we hope, with a different goal. Some folks who have quit smoking pass out packs to friends on the anniversary of their last cigarette. • Those little hollow tubes of black licorice coated with pastel-colored candy were known as Snaps. They appeared at candy counters for the first time around 1930 and can still be found at specialty candy shops. You’ll have a little more trouble finding wax lips, introduced in the early 1900s, which could be chewed into a waxy, cherryflavored gum. If you didn’t like the

lips, vampire fangs and moustaches were also available. • The Pittsburgh-based D.L. Clark Company had a hit in 1917 with a chocolatecovered honeycomb of ground, roasted peanuts, simply called Clark Bar. This confection became so popular with U.S. troops stationed overseas in World War I, it became a giant sensation back at home as well. The same company produced the Zagnut candy bar beginning in 1930, a crunchy peanut butter bar covered in toasted coconut. The word “zigzagâ€? became popular in the 1930s, and it’s believed that’s where the name originated. • Many children spent their allowance on the caramel Slo Poke suckers, because according to the familiar jingle, “Get yourself a Slo Poke, it lasts all day!â€? If you were a chocolate fan, you could purchase the similar Black Cow. • How about our preferred chewing gums? Three of our old favorites, Black Jack, Beemans and Clove were discontinued years ago, but the Cadbury Adams Company, which owns the formulas, cooks up a batch of each every couple of years. The licorice-flavored Black Jack gum was the first flavored gum in America. Back in the late 1800s, an Ohio physician Dr. Edward E. Beeman marketed a gum of pepsin powder and chicle, designed to aid digestion. Legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager made Beemans gum famous by chewing a stick before every flight for good luck. In fact, the antacid qualities of pepsin made the gum popular with pilots for reducing stomach agitation in flight. Clove gum was first manufactured in 1914 by Thomas Adams. Legend has it that Clove grew in popularity during Prohibition because its strong smell masked the odor of illegal alcohol on the breath. The Beech Nut Company launched Fruit Stripe gum in the 1960s with a zebra as its “spokesman,â€? packaging it in zebra-striped wrappers. It was the only gum with stripes, which were added on after the gum was made. The down side of Fruit Stripe was that it lost its flavor very quickly, and now that it has been re-introduced, the complaint is the same — It’s pretty much flavorless in just over five minutes. • Chicago’s Williamson Candy Store produced and sold chocolate back around 1920. One of their young customers hung around the establishment so much, before long the employees were asking him to do little odd jobs, “Oh, Henry, could you do this?â€? and “Oh, Henry, will you bring me that?â€? Soon after, their newest confection was named the Oh Henry bar.

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Even though fresh water is continually draining into the Dead Sea, it is nearly 10 times as salty as the oceans and twice as salty as Utah’s Great Salt Lake. • One of the world’s most unusual places, the Dead Sea is also called the Salt Sea. Located in the Middle East, it is bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. The Hebrew name for the Dead Sea is Yam ha Maved, which actually means “killer sea.” • The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, over 1,312 feet (400 m) below sea level. At its deepest part, it is over 2,300 feet (701 m) below sea level. The Dead Sea is 42 miles (67 km) long and 11 miles (18 km) wide at its widest point. • The main tributary into the sea is the Jordan River. The Dead Sea does not empty out anywhere — It is endorheic, which means it has no outlet besides evaporation. It is totally landlocked, and the deeper areas are the saltiest. There is an estimated 1.9 billion tons of potassium chloride salt in the Dead Sea that are harvested by using a system of evaporation ponds. • The Dead Sea has a salinity reading of 33.7 percent, meaning nearly 35 percent of the water is dissolved salts. Ocean water is 3.5 percent dissolved salts. • Due to the high salinity of the Dead Sea, no fish or any kind of swimming, squirming creature lives in or near the water. Fish accidentally swimming into the waters from one of the several freshwater streams that feed the Sea are killed instantly, their bodies quickly coated with a preserving layer of salt crystals and then tossed onto shore by the wind and waves. • There are, however, several species of bacteria and one species of algae that are adapted to harsh life in the Dead Sea. White salt crystals cover everything on the shore. And this is no ordinary table salt; the salts found in the Dead Sea are mineral salts — mostly chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium

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Usually when thinking of “wilderness,” we have visions of thick green forests with tall trees, but Everglades National Park is a bit different. It is the largest wilderness area in the United States east of the Mississippi River. • Everglades National Park, established in 1947, protects over 1.5 million acres of land and water. It is the third largest national park in the continental United States, behind Yellowstone (2nd) and Death Valley (1st). • Marjorie Stoneman Douglas came up with the phrase “river of grass” in a publication that she authored in 1947. “The Everglades: River of Grass” was a guide that raised awareness of the Everglades and helped the public to recognize that the area was not just the “proverbial swamp” that many considered it to be. It technically is a river, flowing southwest through Florida at the slow pace of about a quarter mile per day. She was a leader in promoting the Everglades to national park status. Twentytwo years later, she helped to found the “Friends of the Everglades” conservation organization. • The elevation in the Everglades ranges from sea level to 20 feet (6 m) above sea level. The top spot is on a shell mound made by Native Americans located on the Gulf Coast side of the park. • The original size of the Everglades was much larger than the area protected by the National Park Service today. Years ago it spanned form Lake Okeechobee in central Florida all the way south to Florida Bay. Only 25 percent of the historic Everglades is in the park. • There are 15 endangered species within the park boundaries. Sea turtles, crocodiles and West Indian Manatees are among the protected animals. • Deeply interwoven in the park are towering palm trees, endless marshes, tropical fauna, dense mangrove stands, alligator holes and much more. All of these are important in maintaining the integrity of the Everglades. • The mangrove forests cover an estimated 469,000 acres (189798 ha) in the state of Florida, with much of that within the protected Everglades. Mangrove roots

and branches are essential for the marine animals of the region. The roots provide protection for fish, crustaceans and shellfish to raise their young. The branches are nesting areas for many beautiful coastal birds such as roseate spoonbills and brown pelicans. • Everglades National Park is a wonderful place to explore, but a knowledgeable guide is a great person to have along for unfamiliar tourists. As reported in recent years, there are not only animals that have been there for centuries that can be dangerous, but there are also some invasive species that are wreaking havoc on the area. • For years there have been stories of people spotting Burmese pythons in the Everglades. The largest snake species on earth, these giant pythons are not only living in the park, they’re also breeding and spreading to the surrounding environs of south Florida. Since 2002, more than 1,800 pythons have been removed from the park and surrounding areas. • For the health of the Everglades and all of south Florida, it is imperative that invasive species like pythons, which have been accidentally or intentionally released into the wild, be controlled.

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